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The Amiga 500/+
In the first of our (semi) regular contributors, Philip
Bartley talks about the wonder that is the A500.
In its hay day, the Amiga 500 was considered cutting edge
technology, with its powerful 16-Bit processor and 512k ram. Later
the A500 was updated by adding extra memory, The A500+ was born.
The A500/A500+ were the only Amiga that included the A520
modulator. In theory, the A520 enabled the Amiga to use Scart ports
and television support, which was not present on the existing
Motherboard. However, after many years of use, the damn thing
doesn't work- the sound becomes crackly and the picture isn't much
better, unless you're willing to spend
£££££ on repairing it (or £34.99 from
1st Computers for a brand spanking new one). Putting all that aside
the A500 series still has some life left, any Amiga 500 user with a
CD-ROM drive still has the large collection of software which are
present on cover CDs. For your reference, if you know any A1200
users you can get a copy of "MessyDos," alternatively there are
also many PD libraries that stock it. This allows you to copy files
from PC disks to your Amiga (Thank you Gaz for copying nearly 100
Meg from my hard disk) (Oooh sarcasm! -Gaz), but that is
irrelevant. The humble A500 can still run versions of PC Task etc.,
as long as you have at least 1 Meg.
For all you users who have less than one megabyte or no CD-ROM
drive your Amiga still has some uses such as:
Of course, Phil was only joking about these. He doesn't really want
to sell his Amiga or destroy it. He's just trying to be
controversial, aren't you Phil? Don't make me use the pain stick
- Salvage the parts to repair other Amigas. E.g. Keyboards, A520
modulator, Disk drives, memory.
- Sell it for a massive £10.
- Use it as a doorstop.
- Break into pieces and make keyrings.
- Throw it in the bin.
Last Update: 1/11/2001
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